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75 % Of Job Success Predicted By Three Things

April 9, 2017

In Before Happiness, Shawn Achor reminds us that “75 % of job success is predicted by three things (aside from intelligence): belief that your behaviour matters, social support and the ability to view success as a challenge instead of a threat.”

It gives those who are thinking about transition some excellent questions to ask as part of their planning process:

Before Transitioning, Evaluate Your Current Job:

·        What have been the most meaningful experiences in my current role and my previous jobs. What patterns do I notice? Is it possible to modify how I  do my current job to incorporate these patterns?

·        Is there a way I can bring more support from others internally or externally to assist in what I do in my current job?

·        Do I actively look at the benefits of the stress I am currently experiencing? As Shawn Achor points out, many people feel that the stress should be reduced or eliminated. Yet, Achor describes how stress on the job can have important benefits. The process of identifying how the stress is pulling you forward can often change your perception of the entire job. It is easy to feel overly stressed if you think it should not be there in the first place and that it should be fought, stamped out or reduced.

Planning Your Transition

·        What roles in my past jobs brought the most meaning into my life?

·        What does this tell me about the kind of work I want to do next and the specific strengths, that I want to mobilize?

·        What is the kind of work culture where I will flourish?

Choosing Between Job Offers

·        Does the job offer opportunities to do things that really matter to me?

·        Does the job offer the flexibility to include others in the planning and delivery of my work?

·        Am I mentally positioned to begin seeing the benefits of the stress I might experience?

Our experience shows that the best job offers and the most successful career transitions are based on the development and application of a powerful career life statement, which guides every step of your search.  Achor’s book is full of good ideas that help those in transition tease out what is likely to bring them happiness in their work and life from what won’t.  Including these ideas as you think out your career-life statement will advance you in your career in the right direction.

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

Cuernavaca, Mexico: Just Leave Your Worries At Home!

March 29, 2017

Coming to Cuernavaca, Mexico? Just leave your worries at home! There is no denying the online statistics that indicate that Cuernavaca, Mexico is a violent city, but this is my second visit to Cuernavaca in the last year and I have not seen anything that looked like violence. Instead, I have met some of the kindest, most helpful and happy people I have ever met in my life.

I am learning Spanish at CETLALIC , the most progressive Spanish language immersion school in Mexico, but I still have a long way to go to learn the language and I just know a little Spanish at the moment. If I listened to the media, though, I should be at great risk because I don’t know the language and I am a senior travelling alone, all over the city on local transportation. I also walk throughout the downtown area and I have yet to see any violence. In fact, I hear less sirens than I do in Toronto. I see kids playing outside and travelling to school and adults going about their daily business just like at home. I have been completely lost three times now while exploring the city. I had to ask people I have never met before in another language for help. One person walked me to where I wanted to go; the other person called the Spanish speaking family with whom I am staying to get directions; and a shop keeper took the time to draw a map on a piece of paper showing me exactly where I needed to go.

As a point of comparison, I first visited Cuernavaca 10 years ago and I feel as safe now as I did then. The change I have seen, which is sad, is the disappearance of several language schools. I think that Canadian and USA news, in a desire the select the facts that get the most listeners have managed to scare those responsible for language and cultural education in our countries into discontinuing programs that sent students to Cuernavaca.

It is sad for the students to be denied the experience to come to Cuernavaca. It is also sad because one of the most important principles in managing risks for social and educational programmes is to gather the facts. While reviewing general statistics and listening to the news is one method of gathering such information. I think that a closer analysis of the data and a site visit might have revealed that students staying with host families and coming to Cuernavaca do not fit the common profile of those who have been victims of violence. I have a feeling that students might be at far greater risk walking to school in their own cities!

CETLALIC offers programming that promotes dialogue between Mexico and the people of other cultures as well an excellent language learning program. I am having an incredibly rich and valuable experience learning Spanish at CETLALIC.

I hope those responsible for organizing language, social justice and cultural programming for students will reflect on their decisions and give students the opportunity to learn from and experience this precious city.

And… if you are travelling or be sure to visit Cuernavaca and leave your worries at home!

I Want Out! Is It The Job Or Is It How They Experience Their Leisure?

March 27, 2017

It is not unusual to see clients in my practice who are exhausted. They wake up in the morning feeling tired. Work is endlessly demanding. They say they want more work life balance. The job does not fit anymore and they want out… and soon!  Yet, when they start talking about their work, they “light up”. To an outside observer, they are clearly engaged in their role.  In many cases, it is not the job. It is exactly as Jamie Gruman points out, in his TED Talk, ReNU: How to Recharge Your Batteries in an Age of Relentless Demands. It is the way they utilize their non – work time and experience their leisure.

Gruman’s Re Nu (Re-build, Nourish, Unhook) model offers a great way to help these people understand how changing the way they experience their leisure may bring a whole new perspective to their life and career.

The model is easy to understand and taking clients through this information may help them to, as Gruman describes, turn their downtime into uptime.

This model offers an interesting vehicle for clients, in this situation, to notice what is happening; to be more present and to begin to take back their non-work time and to experience the true meaning of leisure while they still keep a job that they might actually love doing!

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

You Have Outgrown Your Job … Let’s Find Out What Is Next … Infographic Launch

September 23, 2016

You have outgrown your job. Maybe you’re stuck in a job that was never right for you? Perhaps your position has changed over the years, or you have changed and what used to be a good fit doesn’t feel that way anymore. Possibly, you’re wondering about how to best navigate your career or you may be having trouble securing interviews.

We are thrilled to announce that Career Aviators and Designer, Nik MacMillan have created a fantastic infographic to explain the steps in planning an effective career transition. Gone are the days of finding jobs on line and applying for them.

The process described in the infographic can be used successfully on your own but using a career management consultant such as Career Aviators will get you a job that fits… faster.

It has already received rave reviews but letsus know what you think by making a comment and forwarding on to your friends

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Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

McKinsey: Observe More and React Less

July 18, 2016

originalManish Chopra’s article,Want To Be A Better Leader? Observe More And React Less in a recent issue of the McKinsey Quarterly gives a strong testimonial for the benefits of meditation. Its great practical reinforcement for what positive psychology experts and researchers have to say about mindfulness and leadership.

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

A Rant: Searching For Your Dream Job

July 18, 2016

Your “dream job” does not exist but a job that fits; one that you will excel at, value highly and love to do is always out there.The trouble with striving to find a “dream job” is that the ideal job today, could be tomorrow’s nightmare. Life is tough and a new bully boss or any number of other factors could change that job instantly.

It is not about the job. It is about you. Its about constantly taking stock of your strengths and your values; the ones that you know that you shouldn’t change. Its about figuring what conditions in a job will bring you happiness; knowing what you want the career to do for you and what you want to bring to it.

On the job, its more than just being an excellent leader in your day to day work. It is being known and respected for being empathetic with those around you. This enables you to jointly seek out collaborative and innovative ways to improve what you do, while building a strong network of contacts within and outside the company. This makes you successful in your work and ready should a career change be in order.

With this as your central guide and with a focused and flexible attitude, you can nimbly shift to another job that will bring you happiness.

I believe that saying and thinking you are searching for your “dream job” puts too much emphasis on the job and not enough emphasis on you. Too much focus on the “dream job” can leave you angry at the job for not being right any more when conditions change.

Happiness is often found in the face hardship and change when you stand for who you are and what you want going foreword.

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

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“It’s The Space Between The Notes That Makes The Music”

July 16, 2016

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On a human scale, creating this same kind space in our life adds to our resilience and is the essence of Mark Manson’s recent article “3 Ideas That Could Change Your Life” As we become more resilient we can be stronger more helpful members of our community.

Do you get nervous before a job interview or a presentation? Do you get creatively blocked? Has worry about your business ever got in the way of good decision making? Does reviewing what happened around a difficult situation with yourself or others only makes you feel more upset? When you are angry at someone, have you ever noticed yourself pulling in all the past mistakes they have done to back up how wrong the person really is now? Do you ever try to stop feeling a certain way but it just does not make you feel any better?

In his article, Manson distills down some of the essential components in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to point out that “Most of our psychological and emotional stress happens because our Thinking Mind and Observing Mind are “fused” and we don’t recognize the difference.”

The thinking mind looks after all your judgments, beliefs thoughts, memories etc. More importantly, it stores all the stories we have about ourselves. The ones we seldom question that began forming when we were very young but may be no longer valid.

The observing mind enables us to be aware of whatever we are thinking or feeling or doing at any moment. Many of us are unaware of our observing mind but it can be developed through Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and other similar practices.

We don’t have much control of our thinking minds says Manson. “The Thinking Mind is always chattering away, while you’re waiting in line, while you’re in bed trying to sleep, when you “tune out” of conversations with people, or when your mind wanders while reading” says Manson

When fusion between the two minds takes place, we “identify with” or “become” the feeling. Then we get stuck, fight it or run away from it. “The fact that you and I can think, reflect on the past, imagine the future, even to be conscious of our own consciousness is what distinguishes humans from all other animals. The fact that you and I can think, reflect and so often regret the past, imagine and so often fear the future, even to be unconscious of our own capacity to be conscious is the biggest curse humans live with and so try to escape from almost continually” explains Russ Davies in his website on ACT

Many writers suggest a range of methods to tame the thinking mind but stopping or derailing the chatter within us is often futile.  Instead, Davies and Manson suggest that by accepting the running thoughts as though they were background music, or the ticker tape at the stock market, one can attend to the observing mind with its opportunities to move forward in positive and constructive way.

In addition to increasing one’s sense of presence or mindfulness, just changing our day to day language can play a powerful role in unlocking the thinking mind from the observing mind. For example, a small language change such saying “I have a feeling of anger towards Mary” instead of “I am angry at Mary” is enough to unlock the fusion. I am angry at Mary leads into the trap of identifying with the anger. Whereas, “I have a feeling of anger towards Mary means that you are viewing the anger though the observing mind. You can notice it and let it run and choose to move forward in the face of it.

Once the fusion is unlocked it creates the space to leave the strong feelings behind and to start moving step by step towards a happier, more productive and prosperous life. Both articles are a good read!

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn More